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By popular demand, here are some more photos of our crazy corgle, Kiff (The Unexpected Corgle, Corgle Update – He’s So Cute, Our Crazy Dogs – More Fun Facts About Katie and Kiff).
Just for reference, here’s what Kiff looked like when we first got him:
Here is Kiff, our crazy corgle. We learned a little too late that he can use a chair to climb up on the table. Bud’s girlfriend almost lost a pair of mittens this way.
Our crazy dogs are a little quirky. Here are some fun facts about Kiff and Katie:
- Katie loves coconut milk and curry.
- Kiff can hop on his hind legs (I just can’t manage to capture it on video)
- Katie will walk right up to you and smack the palm of your hand with her head if she doesn’t think she’s getting enough attention.
- When Kiff wants attention he will stand up against your chair and put his paws on your lap or computer. If you give him any attention, he will try to climb up in your lap.
- Katie will not eat unless you tell her, “It’s ok, Katie, go ahead and eat.”
- Kiff, on the other hand, has no such problem.
- They will both growl and bark at the door if someone is knocking, but the minute that person comes inside, they are his/her best friend.
We love our crazy dogs!!
Tell me about your crazy pets – what do they do that makes you smile?
Here’s Kiff sleeping with his teddy moose.
Here he is standing proud.
And here’s a picture of Kiff keeping a watchful eye on Katie’s food bowl. Isn’t that considerate of him ?
It is very important to our family to keep both of our dogs happy and healthy. One of the ways we do that is with flea and tick protection.
Vectra 3D is:
- fast-acting. It kills on contact – fleas are dead in as little as six hours.
- broad spectrum protection. It repels and kills fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, biting and sand flies, lice and mites (excluding mange mites).
- long lasting. It remains effective after bathing and swimming and lasts up to one month.
- convenient. It offers protection for puppies as young as 7 weeks and comes with a patented super-easy applicator.
Check out this video for more information:
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If you’ve been following me for any length of time, then you have heard me blog about our border corgle, Kiff. (see The Unexpected Corgle and Corgle Update – He’s So Cute!! You’ll have to wait until next week for a Kiff update. Today I’m talking about our older dog, Katie.
Here’s a picture of Bud and Katie when we first got her in 2005. She is part black lab/part chow (notice her black tongue?) We got her when she was about eight months old. She had been found wandering the streets of a nearby town. She was skittish and needy, but oh so sweet.
And here’s a photo of Katie today. She’s 8 1/2 years old now and getting a little creaky in the joints. Some cold mornings it’s very hard for her to get out of bed. We weren’t sure what to do for her. Then the nice people at Neocell offered me a month’s supply of Arthropet.
According to Neocell:
Arthropet™ is an innovative formula that provides chicken cartilage (a natural source of collagen type 2, glucosamine, chondroitin, and hyaluronic acid), plus MSM, CMO, and Manganese.
And here is a testimonial from the owner of a service dog named Takoda. The dog had torn a tendon, and the vet projected it would take $3000 worth of treatment to bring Takoda back to health…and even then treatment might not work. Neocell sent some Arthropet to the owner and here is the letter they got back:
wanted to send a message and a huge thanks to everyone at Neocell for their kindness during Takoda’s injury. Your supplements have been an amazing aid in his healing. Our vet expected him to be out for 3 months. A month later and he has been cleared for duty. He has healed and is doing amazing. I really don’t think we could have done this without you and words cannot express my gratitude. He still gets a little sore after rought play but we are continuing with the supplements and know he will continue to heal. His vet was amazed and happy to see how well he is doing. Takoda is extremely happy to be back at work and training again. Thank You so much. Me and Takoda will be forever in your debt.
Neocell is in a “chewable wafer” form. The directions are to give it to your dog in the morning, on an empty stomach, preferably at least 20 minutes before feeding. For the first three days, Katie ate the wafers right out of my hand. Then, I would set the kitchen timer for 20 minutes, put both the dogs outside while I did the morning dishes, and then feed them. It was a great routine!!
The problem was that after three days Katie was no longer interested in eating the wafers plain. And I am no good at pilling a dog. I tried hiding them in a piece of bread and a piece of cheese, but she’d just spit out the wafers after she ate “the good stuff.” So I had to forgo the directions and bury the wafers under her dog food. Then she ate them, no complaints.
Before the Arthropet, Katie would take a long time getting out of her bed in the morning, stepping gingerly until she got here “sea legs”. She didn’t chase anymore, either, not even birds (and you know how much a lab loves to chase birds!)
After one week on the Arthropet, Katie was already getting up more quickly and enthusiastically. But the true tell was at the end of the month. Bud came home from classes a couple of evenings ago and Katie ran outside to greet him!! She was jumping around and capering, just like Kiff!! We haven’t seen her like that in years!!
So, as you can see, I am sold on Arthropet!!
I received a complimentary bottle of this product for the purpose of review. All opinions are 100% my own.
If you would like to try Arthropet for your dog, you can purchase it at Amazon.com
I was so excited when Chewy.com asked me to review their online store. Kiff and Katie are always in need of pet supplies – be it food, treats, toys, flea medicine, or whatnot. Chewy.com has over 140 different brands and they are adding new ones regularly!!
They also have a subscription service. You can get 15% off your first order by setting up a schedule for reorders. So if you know you need flea treatment every 3 months, you can schedule the next shipment for 3 months from now. You won’t be billed until the order ships and you will save 15% off your first order!!
The website is very easy to navigate with lots of fun products for both cats and dogs. I ordered a bag of peanut butter biscuits for Katie and flea treatment for Kiff. Both products were priced the same or lower than at the local stores, plus the shipping was free since my order was over $49!! (Orders less than $49 pay a flat-rate $4.95 for UPS Ground).
My order arrived in less than a week. The products were well-packed in the box (no breakage on the dog biscuits). Here’s what I received:
Chewy.com supports the Best Friends Animal Society. Started in the late 1980s, Best Friends Animal Society has been working hard to create a grassroots effort to place dogs and cats who were considered “unadoptable” into good homes, and to reduce the number of unwanted pets through effective spay and neuter programs. Their goal is to bring the number of dogs and cats destroyed in shelters down to zero. Please help them spread the word of their No More Homeless Pets campaign. Also, take a look at their amazing animal sanctuary in Utah, truly a blessed place for dogs and cats and other animals in need.
Chewy.com has the goal to create the largest shelter and rescue network designed to support non-profit organizations that help animals in need. Click to learn more about their shelter and rescue program.
They have also agreed to give every new customer who orders through my blog 10% off their first purchase plus Chewy.com will donate $10 to Best Friends Animal Society!! Just click here or on the Chewy.com logo to the right and enter the code TMOR8572 at checkout.
I received complimentary products through Chewy.com for the purpose of review. All opinions are 100% my own.
So, being big fans of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern and having done our homework extensively, Art and I have started a free range guinea pig farm (or ranch?). South Americans domesticated guinea pigs, known as cuy (pronounced coo-ey), for food over 7000 years ago, and for good reason!! They are high in protein and breed like rabbits, LOL.
Guinea pig meat has become more and more popular in the U.S. over the past few years. You can find it frozen in specialty markets and even buy it from some food trucks!! So we thought we’d better get in on the game early. A cuy is larger than the average “pet” guinea pig – more the size of a small cat. To date, there are no cuy growers in the U.S, – all cuy meat is imported from Peru and other South American countries. We’ll be the first to grow cuy and sell cuy for meat in the U.S.!! We’ll clean up!!
The best thing about raising guinea pigs, even on a large scale, is that they don’t take up much space, they won’t run away, and they will keep our grass mowed year round!! Our little corgle has even learned to herd the little suckers!! I’ve included some photos of our first batch. They should be fully grown by summer and ready for market. Anyone want to be the first to try cuy? Come on – you know you want to be the guinea pig!!
If you’re still curious how we could open a guinea pig farm, remember this:
HAPPY APRIL FOOL’S DAY!!
Here’s a photo of Kiff – the Unexpected Corgle, when he first arrived at our house in November 2011:
And here’s a pic of Kiff now:
Here are a few things we’ve learned about him in the last few months:
- He’s a chick magnet. Seriously. Wherever we go with him, girls flock to him, say “he’s so cute!” and ask about him. Again – mother part beagle, part corgi; father unknown. Now that he’s a little bigger if there’s any dog experts out there who have a guess as to his father’s breed, please feel free to comment.
- He loves to lay in the sun – especially the patch of sun by the front door.
- He likes to eat paper – specifically toilet paper or kleenex, although he also has a tendency towards toilet paper tubes and dixie cups. We’ve trained him not to knock over garbage cans so as long as no paper hits the floor, it’s all good.
- He loves to lie on his back. Sometimes he falls asleep in this position with his eyes open.
- We love him so much and are so happy he came into our lives!!
A few weeks ago, I was sitting in bed, playing a game on my Kindle, trying to relax enough to fall asleep when Art walked into the room.
“You’re never going to believe this,” he said.
Great, there goes any chance of falling asleep at a decent time. I set down the Kindle and looked at Art. “What happened?” I asked as politely as possible.
“You have to come out and see,” he said. So I put on some sweats and followed him out into the dining room. Lying on the table was a blue blanket wrapped around some kind of bundle. I peeked inside and this is what I saw:
At fist, I thought it might be some kind of rabbit, but then I realized it was a puppy. The puppy we had specifically told Bud he could NOT have for his birthday because we are losing our house and trying to find a place for one of our other dogs.
“How is it that we have a puppy?” I asked, as politely as possible (I swear I never even raised my voice).
“Don’t be mad, Mom,” Bud pleaded. “Aspen’s mom bought him for me for my birthday.”
Seriously? She bought him a dog without asking us? What do we do, send it back?
Well, I took one look at the sweet little face, almost raccoon-like, and my mama instinct kicked in. It turned out the puppy was a rescue. His mama and her litter had been found on someone’s front lawn and fostered for six weeks by a very nice lady in Stockton.
“What kind of dog is he?” I asked.
“He’s part corgi, part beagle (*corgle),” Bud replied.
“And part raccoon,” inserted Art.
“Or part Mogwai,” I laughed (we have no idea what breed his father was). Update 2/13 – we have since decided that Kiff’s father must have been a border collie. He loves to herd anything he can find, cats, Katie, cats, people (if we let him).
It turned out that Aspen and her mom were more than willing to co-parent the puppy. We took him overnight, since his other grandma (Aspen’s mom) works early mornings and Aspen goes to public school. Then Bud would take him over to their house once Aspen got out of school. Art and I wanted to name him Gizmo, after the movie Gremlins, but Bud named him Kiff (an alien in the TV show Futurama).
I went into this new venture assuming that I would be the main caregiver for Kiff, and I am the one who gets up with him in the morning and entertains him/snuggles him/feeds him/cleans up after him until everyone else wakes up. But we have held Bud to his promises. He takes Kiff with him when he goes out (as much as possible). He and Aspen have paid for all of Kiff’s vet bills and most of his food, pee pads and toys.
In addition, after having to give up one of our other dogs due to the imminent move and some behavioral issues, Kiff has been such a blessing to our family. Our older dog, Katie, is adjusting to the new puppy, and enjoying her new princess status (since Kiff is an indoor dog, Bud got Katie a nice bath and she is now indoors as much as possible – which she absolutely loves!) For the rest of us, focusing on this tiny one who NEEDS us so much, has definitely helped distract us from some of our other problems, and also to bring us closer together as a family as we negotiate responsibilities and decisions. Bud is Kiff’s “dad” and he makes most of the decisions regarding the puppy’s care. Art and I try to only step in where we are needed – I guess it is good practice for the (hopefully distant) future when we have grandchidren.